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La Mar by Gaston Acurio

500 Brickell Key Dr. (SE 8th St.) Send to Phone
Idyllic waterfront restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, serving Peruvian fare.


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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
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La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Miami, FL

La Mar by Gaston Acurio Restaurant Review

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About the restaurant: With its expansive tropically-planted patio on Biscayne Bay, this indoor/outdoor space has been a highlight of the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, since the resort opened. La Mar brings culinary excitement as well as views, thanks to the vision and recipes of La Mar's French-schooled Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio and the skills of the young on-site executive chef Diego Oka.

Food & Drinks: As the eatery's name suggests, seafood is spotlighted. Acurio has indeed described La Mar as a cebicheria, and flash-marinated raw fish ceviches and tiraditos shine; a sampler featuring three typical flavor profiles is a good introduction. But the food really runs the gamut of Peru's varied traditional and contemporary specialties, from "Nikkei" (Japanese immigrant) fusion dishes to unique modern inventions. Paiche (the largest fish of the Amazon River) is cooked in banana leaves, while Mexican-inspired mole sauce accompanies pork belly confit and blue corn tortillas. Dessert highpoints are an ultra-light take on the street food sweet picarones, complexly-spiced pumpkin/sweet potato donuts. The compact, Latin-dominated wine list is thoughtfully selected, but we'd recommend sticking to the extensive array of carefully crafted pisco sours, many accented with exotic tropical fresh fruits.





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